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Helleborus thibetanus - 2017

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By Andrewr


Helleborus thibetanus - 2017 (Helleborus thibetanus)

Rare species of hellebore, only re-introduced to cultivation in 1991. Very small, growing not much more than a foot tall, and has disappeared again by July. It has been trying to flower for about three weeks, and has finally managed to open a flower now that the weather here is less cold.



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That's a beauty Andrew, shame it is not more widely grown.

1 Feb, 2017

 

Very pretty Andrew.

1 Feb, 2017

 

What a beauty.

2 Feb, 2017

amy
Amy
 

Its gorgeous ...

2 Feb, 2017

 

Sbg - the flowers are small, it blooms so early they will often be damaged by the weather, and it is a bit demanding, so I don't think it will ever become a popular one to grow.

2 Feb, 2017

 

The stripes are interesting. Does it produce viable pollen? A bit of hybridisation maybe?

4 Feb, 2017

 

Sue - this is the first time since I started growing it that the flowers have not been damaged by the weather, but there don't appear to be any pollinators around yet. Maybe I'll have to get out there with a small artist's paintbrush.

4 Feb, 2017

 

That's a shame as small varieties have a place, well they would with me. :o)
good luck with the paint brush :o)

4 Feb, 2017

 

What about putting some pollen onto a H. orientalis or H. x hybridus see if that will produce seed?

5 Feb, 2017

 

My other hellebores are barely through the ground yet. But if this is still in flower when they open theirs, it's certainly worth a try.

5 Feb, 2017

 

Andrew, some pollen will last a little if wrapped in cling film and put into the fridge, not weeks though.

6 Feb, 2017



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